Category Archives: Glass Jars

Fruit embossed jam jars

Fruit embossed jam jars New EMBOSSED JARS 2

Here at Wares of Knutsford, we are constantly on the lookout for new and exciting products to add to our jam jar range. We have been busy hunting down new designs to tempt our loyal customers and we don’t think you will be disappointed with what we have found! Read on to find out all about some great new embossed jars that we have just added to our store and discover some tempting ideas for what to put in them.

New jam jars in stock

The jars we are so excited about all have a pretty embossed fruit design just below the neck. Available in 50ml, 106ml and 212ml, these jars are exclusive to Wares of Knutsford. These quality glass jars are available in a range of pack sizes, from 12 right up to 300 jars. The lids are available in gold, silver or black, and are heat sealable and vinegar-proof. With their adorable vintage styling, these new additions will put you in jam jar heaven!

Filling these jam jars NEW EMBOSSED JARS

If you are tempted by these new jars, you will need some ideas for what to put in them. With spring here, everything in the garden is bursting into life and we will soon have plenty of seasonal fruit and vegetables to choose from.

Nettles are currently springing up in hedgerows everywhere, so why not have a go at foraging and then create your own nettle jam? Nettles are high in pectin, which means they make a great jam ingredient; in addition, they are full of goodness. Use the youngest tips only and be sure to wear thick gloves when picking your nettles and take care when making your jam.

Rhubarb is also coming into season and grows so fast that it pays to be prepared with ideas for what to do with it all. Rhubarb and vanilla jam is absolutely delicious and will garner much praise at the breakfast table. For a savoury preserve that uses rhubarb, try rhubarb, chilli and ginger relish. This is delicious served with cold meats or a ploughman’s lunch and is guaranteed to convert friends and family to the wonders of rhubarb.

Another foraged item perfect for home preserving is samphire. This unusual delicacy can be found all around the UK coast, with rock samphire in season right now. To pickle samphire, use 500ml white wine vinegar, 300g samphire, 80g brown sugar, bay leaves, cloves, and a little mustard seed, coriander and turmeric. Blanch the samphire, add to the other ingredients and seal in sterilised jars.

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Small glass jars with a difference

Small glass jars with a difference 

various jars of fruit jam on wooden table

No matter what kind of preserve or infusion you are making, or what kind of craft project you are embarking upon, choosing the right jar for the job is really important if you want the finished item to look as good as it possibly can. In today’s blog post, we take a look at some of our small jam jars to showcase some of the quirky designs and stylish details available.

Small glass jars in unusual shapes

Whether you are looking for the perfect jar to use for wedding favours or want to create some home preserves in smaller-sized jars, we have an extensive range of small jam jars to choose from; for example, our 106ml globe jam jars work really well for holding boiled sweets as wedding favours and looks fabulous topped with a ribbon and a circular label on the lid. If you are aiming for a more angular look, try our 130ml square jam jars. These are perfect for making up sets of three or five different preserves to give as gifts for birthdays or other occasions. Choose a few different flavours of jam, such as raspberry, blackberry and plum, and make small batches of each. Add one jar of each flavour to a gift bag or box and you have a great gift that looks just as professional as shop-bought versions.

Small glass jars with embossed detail New EMBOSSED JARS 2

New to the range at Wares is the 50ml fruit embossed jam jar. This cute little jar has an embossed fruit design running just below the neck of the jar. Lids for these jars are available in black, gold or silver, and the jars themselves are available in pack sizes of 12, 24, 36, 100, 200 or 300! These are great to use for samples or for individual portions for use in a B&B or guesthouse setting.

If you are a fan of Kilner’s iconic glass jars, the embossed small jam jars in Kilner’s range will appeal to you. There is a 125ml round clip top jar in the range, embossed with the Kilner logo on the front, along with a faceted 250ml clip top jar, again with the logo embossed on the front. Just as stylish as the rest of the Kilner range, these jars provide a real sense of nostalgia and will draw admiring glances when filled with tasty preserves and sitting neatly on your kitchen shelves.

Don’t limit yourself to standard jar sizes – check out our range of smaller jars to see what creative ideas they spark.

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A cocktail for a drinking jar

A cocktail for a drinking jar 

raspberry lemonade in mason jar with ice and mint

With summer just around the corner, our thoughts are already turning to barbecues, garden parties, and long, warm evenings spent lazing outside on the patio. What could make such an evening more pleasant than a delicious and indulgent cocktail, served in style in fun glass drinking jars? Let’s take a look at the wide range of glass drinking jars we stock and have some fun with an idea or two for gorgeous cocktails to serve in them.

Serving cocktails in drinking jars

Glass drinking jars have been super-fashionable for some time now, ever since those hipster bars in London’s achingly cool Hoxton started using them to serve their crazy new cocktails. More and more people have decided that they want a slice of this trend, with these jars well and truly moving over to the mainstream and making an appearance at all sorts of parties and events up and down the country.

Pretty much anything goes when it comes to serving cocktails in glass drinking jars. Most of our jars hold 400-450ml, which makes for a generous cocktail and leaves plenty of space for ice and a slice. Many jars have handles, a lid and a straw, all of which help party-goers to avoid spills and mishaps when outside in the garden.

What to put in these drinking jars

Glass jars show off the contents of your cocktail brilliantly; therefore, any cocktail recipe that has colourful ingredients and plenty of fruit will look fabulous. Adding in-season fruit to vodka and topping up with lemonade is one of the simplest but most effective cocktails. Try blueberries, raspberries or plums for this cocktail, experimenting until you find your favourite flavour.

Fans of a good gin will love the idea of mixing gin with grapefruit juice for a refreshing take on a gin fizz. Add a sprig of fresh mint and some ice and you will have party guests queueing for a refill.

Summer wouldn’t be summer without Pimm’s, of course, and a Pimm’s-based cocktail will always go down well. For a refreshing twist, add Pimm’s, gin, lemonade and cranberry juice to a pitcher, then add slices of lemon, fresh mint leaves, and redcurrants or fresh cranberries. Once you have tried Pimm’s this way, you will wonder why you have been drinking it with just lemonade for so long.

Whatever your favourite tipple and fruity flavours, there is a summer cocktail to suit you perfectly. Served in a cool glass drinking jar and sipped through a colourful straw, a cocktail will make any party go with a swing.

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Ball mason jars

Ball mason jars 135ml Quilted Filled

In today’s post, we are super-excited to bring you news about some new products in our online store. Whilst many of you are no doubt familiar with our range of iconic Mason jars, we suspect that fewer people will know anything about the Ball mason jars we have recently added to the range. Let’s take a closer look at these gorgeous, vintage-styled jars to see what all the fuss is about.

What exactly are Ball mason jars?

Whilst the original Mason jar was named after an American called John Landis Mason, who patented the unique design and two-part screw top lid of these jars way back in 1858, the term ‘mason jar’ has come to cover any preserving jars that use the same system of lid and seal. One of John Landis Mason’s earliest and most successful competitors was the Ball Corporation, which made a wide range of glass canning jars. Today, the Ball Corporation still exists; however, it has diversified into other business areas and its home canning range and the trademark Ball name has been sold to another firm. The legendary Ball jars continue to delight, however, and we are thrilled to have these jars available for sale here in the UK.

Our range of Ball mason jars Poster Advert

We currently stock four different jars from the full Ball range. Two of the jars feature the iconic embossed quilted design, with Ball’s charismatic logo emblazoned on the front. The other two jars have Ball Mason embossed on the front and a fruit design embossed on the back. The jars with the quilted design are available in a short 135ml size and a taller 240ml size. The other jars are a more traditional canning jar shape and come in 490ml and 945ml sizes. All jars come with the classic two-part lid in silver, with a preserving guide and recipe booklet included with each jar.

These jars are perfect for anyone who loves a touch of American nostalgia or who likes vintage-inspired kitchen accessories. The jars are ideal for jams, pickles, chutneys, preserved fruit and vegetables, or even homemade cocktails. As they are a little out of the ordinary, they make great jars for preserves that you intend to give away as gifts to friends and family.

If you are looking for some new canning jars that stand out from the crowd, check out these new mason jars in our online store. If you make some delicious preserves in these jars, be sure to share your photos with us via Facebook or Twitter.

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Creams for cosmetic jars

Creams for cosmetic jars 

fresh as spring flowers

Many of us now take much more notice of what we eat and are increasingly scrutinising the ingredients lists on the food we buy from supermarkets. This trend for thinking more carefully about what we eat and how we treat our bodies is carrying over into other areas, with more and more of us starting to question just how good for us many of the cosmetics we use really are. As more people start to look at producing their own homemade cosmetics, we take a look at our range of cosmetic jars and offer a suggestion for making your own hand cream

Our range of glass cosmetic jars

We offer an extensive range of cosmetic jars in various sizes, including stylish and elegant luxury cosmetic jars that look for all the world as if they should contain some expensive and sophisticated brand name cosmetics. These jars, called the Laurence range, are available in both clear glass and frosted glass and in sizes ranging from 15ml up to 100ml.

In addition to the Laurence range, we stock amber glass jars for a traditional pharmaceutical look; ointment jars; apothecary jars; and even a dinky 5ml lip balm jar. If you plan to make as many of your own cosmetics as possible, we have every application covered.

What to put in your glass cosmetic jars

There are many tried and tested recipes for homemade cosmetics available online; in fact, you can find help on making everything from cleanser to foundation and from body scrubs to eyeliner. If your hands have come out of winter looking 10 years older than the rest of you, and with all the smoothness of a fine grade sandpaper, fear not. This simple recipe for soothing hand cream will give brilliant results in no time at all.

To make the cream, you will need:

350g shea butter or cocoa butter
90g beeswax, grated
120g coconut oil
90g almond oil or avocado oil
1 tbsp honey
essential oil (if you would like the cream to be scented)

Put all ingredients apart from the honey and essential oil into a heatproof bowl. Place the bowl over a pan of water and heat gently until the ingredients have melted, ensuring there are no blobs of wax or butter left.

Add the honey and essential oil and continue to heat until fully combined in the mixture.

Allow to cool, then place in the fridge to harden for five hours. Remove from the fridge and blend the mixture to a creamy consistency using a blender. Spoon the mixture into clean glass cosmetic jars and seal.

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Cakes in food jars

Cakes in food jars 

Rainbow layer cake in a jar with birthday candles

Home baking is just as much influenced by trends and fashions as any other aspect of life, with many of us constantly on the lookout for something new and interesting to try out in the kitchen. One trend that has taken a lot of people’s fancy recently is baking cakes in glass food jars. Finding inspiring and creative ways to present your cakes can be just as much fun as finding a great new recipe, so in today’s post we suggest a few ideas for what sort of cakes might work well in jars.

Which food jars to choose?

Screw top preserving jars work brilliantly for baking cakes. Jars with a wide neck are most suitable, as this allows you to get the cake out more easily or even to eat it in the jar, if this is the way you like to serve your cakes. For smaller cakes, try the Familia Wiss 350ml terrine jar or the classic 250ml Kilner jar; for larger cakes, the 500ml Kilner jar or the 500ml Mason jar are both ideal.

The secret to baking cakes in food jars

You do not particularly need any special recipe for baking cakes in glass food jars – pretty much any sponge cake or fruit cake works just fine. There is a secret to successful baking in jars, however, and this is to spray the inside of the jar with oil before you pour in your cake batter. This will help to avoid the cake mixture sticking to the side of the jar.

Another top tip is to stand your jars on a baking tray when you put them in the oven; otherwise, there is a danger of them falling over as you put them in or take them out. Finally, do not be tempted to put too much cake mixture in each jar, as the cakes need room to rise. If you fill each jar too full, your cake will ooze over the top of the jar and will look a mess. Fill the jar about one-third full and your cake will rise just to the top of the jar, leaving you room to put the lid on if you are giving the jar as a gift.

As we said earlier, you can bake most types of cake in these jars; however, sponge cakes work particularly well. They look heavenly if you use food colouring to create different coloured mixtures and layer two or three different colours into the jar. Lemon drizzle cake also works well in a jar, topped with its delicious sticky drizzle.

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500ml glass jars

500ml glass jars 

Three Jam jar isolated on a white background. Apples, cabbage-cardamom jam jar, Orange jam and Currant jam jar. With clipping path. Shallow DOF. Focused on the front.

Whilst it is fairly traditional to use a standard 1lb jar to make jams and marmalades, there is no hard and fast rule to say that you must stick to this when it comes to choosing the jars for your next preserving project. Unless you are planning to enter your jams, pickles and chutneys in some local competitions, where a 1lb jar is specifically required, you can use whatever jar you fancy, Big is sometimes best and a larger jar may just work better for a specific preserve. In today’s blog post, we check out our 500ml glass jars with lids and give some suggestions for when these bigger jars might be the best choice.

Choosing larger glass jars

Jams and preserves that take a while to use up, or that need to be eaten quite quickly, are better off in a small jar, of course. Lemon curd does not keep for a long time, for example, as it has raw egg as an ingredient; however, for jams or chutneys that are especially popular, using a larger jar makes a lot of sense. There is less mess and fuss when it comes to filling the jars, and fewer but larger jars will take up less space in the cupboard than a lot of smaller jars. If you plan to give some of your preserves away as gifts to friends and family, bigger jars will always have a bigger impact.

Our 500ml deluxe glass jars with lids are one of the most popular items in our range. Their contemporary styling and heavyweight glass make them ideal for the modern home preserves enthusiast who is looking for a reliable and durable jar to suit all kinds of preserving tasks. These jars are great for family favourites such strawberry jam, and work well for savoury preserves such as plum chutney or pickled onions.

Glass jars for craft projects

In addition to being perfect for many home preserving projects, our 500ml jars are ideal for a wide range of craft projects and home decoration ideas. Use them as a vase for a pretty posy of flowers picked from the garden, or perhaps use them to store homemade bath salts or a body scrub. Another idea we love is to make tiny sewing kits to give as gifts, with needles, thread, buttons, tiny scissors and a pincushion all stored neatly in one of these jars.

Whatever project you are considering, whether home preserving or a craft-based activity, take a look at our 500ml jars to see whether they could be the right choice for you.

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Our new range of embossed jam jars

Our new range of embossed jam jars NEW EMBOSSED JARS

Next time you are shopping in your local supermarket, take a closer look at the jam shelves. At first glance, you might be tempted to think that all the jars look more or less the same, with just the flavours and the labels differing; however, look closer and you will see that certain makes of jam have much nicer designs of jars than the more basic lines. These premium brands usually use jars that are more stylishly shaped or even embossed to help them stand out from the crowd.

Next time you are making your own homemade jam, jellies and pickles, why not learn from the big jam manufacturers and present your preserves in a gorgeously stylish premium jar? As luck would have it, we have just introduced a lovely range of embossed jam jars perfect for adding a touch of sophistication to your home preserves. We are thrilled to say that these jars are 100 per cent exclusive to Wares of Knutsford and we are sure they are going to become instant bestsellers!

Jam jars – embossed fruit

These gorgeous jam jars feature a delicate embossed fruit design around the neck of the jar, making them look elegant and eye-catching. They are available in three different sizes – 50ml, 106ml and 212ml – and customers can choose black, gold or silver lids. The 53mm lids are heat sealable and vinegar-proof, as are all our jam jar lids. These super jars are available in pack sizes of 6, 12, 24, 36, 100, 200 and 300. Whether you are a small-scale home preserves enthusiast or an artisan producer looking to source larger quantities of jars, we have a pack size to suit your needs.

Jam jars – embossed designs make them special

Using these stylish embossed jam jars makes your jams and pickles look so professional that it will be a delight to give them as gifts to friends and family. Everyone loves to receive a jar or two of tasty homemade jam, of course, but it becomes a rather special gift that shows just how much care and attention you have put into creating it when presented beautifully in a pretty jar and with a carefully-chosen label and ribbon.

These embossed fruit design jars would also make perfect wedding favour jars, especially the two smaller sizes. For anyone planning a rustic or vintage-inspired wedding theme, these jars will fit right in and will look amazing filled with vintage sweets or bonbons.

Check out these super-pretty jars today, and remember that they are exclusive to Wares of Knutsford.

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Jam jar bulk packs

Jam jar bulk packs 

various jars of fruit jam on wooden table

Whether it is down to the surge in interest in home cooking generally or a hankering for a simpler way of life and a return to traditional crafts and activities, more and more people are giving home preserving a try. Whilst some people rustle up a motley assortment of used jam jars for their first attempts, it becomes clear once the home preserving bug bites that you need a reliable supply of brand new jars and lids to make the most of your jams, pickles and preserves. In today’s post, we take a look at our range of bulk packs and explain why buying your jars in larger quantities is such a great idea.

Why buying jam jar bulk packs is a smart move

Whilst it is perfectly possible to adjust recipe quantities to make very small amounts of a particular jam or chutney, it often makes much more sense to stick to the quantities suggested. If you have a productive vegetable garden, or plenty of fruit trees and bushes, you are likely to experience gluts of one crop or another from time to time. Using all this produce in a big batch avoids waste and sets you up for months afterwards.

By making plenty of everything, you will always have lots of jars of something tasty to hand should you need to give something as a gift. If you plan ahead and make large batches of different types of pickles and preserves, by Christmas you could have all your presents sorted and be able to give unique and thoughtful handmade gifts to all your friends and family. It goes without saying that if you intend to give your preserves as gifts, they need to be presented professionally. A bulk pack of jam jars or a mini jars bulk pack is the perfect way to achieve this.

Our range of jam jar bulk packs

We have been offering an extensive range of our most popular jars in bargain packs for quite some time; in addition, we have recently added some new bulk packs with the option to buy in packs of 100, 200 or 300 jars. Some of the new packs are for miniature jars, which are useful for making individual portions for the breakfast table or taster jars to sell or give as gifts. As with the larger jars, bulk-buying these mini jars makes a lot of sense. From standard shapes to hexagonal jars and cute jars with an embossed fruit design, our mini jars bulk packs are certain to become bestsellers.

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Recipe for a Kilner jar

Recipe for a Kilner jar 

Baking concept. Fresh ingredients for almond cookies, Italian cantuccini biscuits or pastry preparation

Whilst the most obvious use for Kilner jars is home preserving, there are many other creative ways in which these jars can be utilised. In today’s post, we take a look at how you can use our jars to cleverly present a cake.

Cooking with Kilner jars 

Using the Kilner screw top jars, it is possible to create unique and visually appealing individual cakes, baked in the oven just like any other cake. Here is a recipe for a decadent velvet cake:

Cake mixture 

Chocolate peppermint cupcakes in a jar sitting on a white plate on red and white striped background

250g margarine
250g caster sugar
250g self-raising flour
4 large eggs
2 tsp baking powder
red food colouring
1 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tbsp hot water

Icing

60g butter
60g caster sugar
3 tbsp water
2 tbsp milk

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4. Use an oil spray to grease the insides of three 500ml Kilner jars.
2. Whisk the margarine and sugar together until the mixture is creamy, then gently beat in the eggs.
3. Fold in the flour and baking powder. Once everything is mixed, split the mixture in half, putting one half in a separate bowl.
4. In one bowl, add the food colouring and mix well; in the other, add the cocoa powder and hot water and mix thoroughly.
5. Use a spoon to place a 1cm layer of the red mixture in each jar. Bake for 20 minutes without using the jar lids.
6. Remove the jars from the oven, then add a 2cm layer of the cocoa mixture and bake for a further 15 minutes.
7. Again, remove the jars from the oven. Add another layer of the red mixture and bake for another 15 minutes.
8. Remove the jars from the oven and leave them to cool.
9. To make the icing, whisk the butter and caster sugar together until smooth. Gradually add in the water and milk and beat until the mixture is creamy.
10. When the cakes have cooled, spoon the icing into the top of each Kilner jar. Put the lids on the jars and eat the cakes within two days.

Kilner jars and similar alternatives

The Kilner jar range here at Wares is extensive and covers both screw top and clip top styles. We also carry a variety of similar jars from other manufacturers, which work in the same way but offer cost savings for those looking for a budget-friendly alternative. In a future post, we will look at a cake recipe for a clip top Kilner jar for further baking delights.

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Small glass jars

Small glass jars 

various jars of fruit jam on wooden table

They say that good things come in small packages and we are happy to report that this is as true for jam jars as it is for anything else in life. We have a great range of small jars here at Wares, with sizes starting at just 30ml. In today’s blog post, we wander through our range of small glass jars and offer some suggestions on how to use them creatively to show off your homemade jams, pickles and preserves.

Our range of small glass jars

Our small jars come in all sorts of shapes and sizes to suit all requirements. The traditional jam jar shape is available in various sizes, including 41ml, 50ml and 105ml; meanwhile, our deluxe jam jars are available in 110ml and offer the same classic shape and chunky glass as their larger cousins. Hexagonal jars are always popular, especially with those making honey or chutney, and we have several small sizes of hexagonal jars with either screw top lids or clip top lids. In addition to our standard hexagonal jars, we have Kilner clip top jars in the miniature range.

For those looking for something a little more decorative, our small globe jars are ideal. Again, these are available with clip top or screw top lids so that you can choose the style you prefer for your project. These globe jars make the most adorable wedding favours when filled with sweets or homemade fudge.

Using small glass jars for gifts 

Three small jars of marmalade or jam on wooden table. Toned image

If you like making a wide range of jams or chutneys and experimenting with lots of different recipes, smaller jars can be a great idea. Instead of making a giant batch of just one flavour of jam or chutney, you can make several smaller batches, each using different ingredients. Once you have made a variety of preserves, you can put together sets of three different flavours to give away as gifts; for example, a set of jams such as strawberry, raspberry and rhubarb would make a lovely combination. For something a little more unusual, you could put together a hedgerow gift pack comprising rosehip and crab apple jelly, nettle jam and hedgerow jam. On the savoury side, a set comprising plum chutney, piccalilli and red onion marmalade would make a delightful homemade gift that is sure to be appreciated by the recipient.

To set your mini creations off beautifully, we also stock a range of miniature labels that fit these smaller jars perfectly. Check out our mini label range to find the perfect labels for your smaller jars.

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Choices for chutney jars

Choices for chutney jars 

Salad with cabbage and beets. Home canning

Many people concentrate on jams and marmalade for their home preserves, sticking to tried and tested recipes for strawberry or raspberry jam or orange marmalade. In today’s post, we want to encourage our readers to consider some savoury preserves and take a look at chutney, with some ideas for delicious chutney recipes. We will also walk you through a few of our chutney and pickle jars to highlight the perfect jar for this type of preserving project.

Choosing your chutney jars

You can, of course, use any kind of jar for your chutneys and pickles, but they do look nicer when a specific chutney jar is used. Many chutney jars are slightly thinner and taller than standard jam jars, with a slight outward bulge just below the lid. We have no idea why it is traditional for chutney and pickle jars to be shaped in this way; however, it somehow makes sense to follow convention and use this type of jar. We have a range of chutney and pickle jars available, from the 212ml slimline jar to the larger 370ml jar. We also offer some jars with ‘chutney’ or ‘pickles’ printed on the front in a frosted effect, which are ideal if you plan to make chutney or pickles to give as gifts to friends and family.

What to put in those chutney jars? 

Onion pineapple chutney on rustic wood.

We have no doubt all ploughed through jars of chutney that were made to use up a glut of courgettes or green tomatoes. Whilst these might be some of the more common chutney recipes, there are quite a few other chutneys out there to whet your appetite. Why not have a go at this delicious apple and red onion chutney recipe?

Ingredients

500g red onion, finely chopped
500g apple, chopped
125g granulated sugar
150g brown sugar
300ml red wine vinegar
1 tbsp olive oil
½ tsp chilli powder
¼ tsp allspice
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp ground nutmeg
½ tsp salt

Method

1. Heat the oil in a pan and throw in the onion. Cook slowly until the onion is just soft.
2. Add all the other ingredients and bring the pan to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer gently for around 30 minutes until the apples have also softened.
3. Pour the chutney mixture into warm, sterilised jars and seal the jars immediately. Leave to cool, before labelling and storing in a cool, dark cupboard.
4. Once opened, this chutney should keep for up to one month if stored in the fridge.

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Looking at large jam jars

Looking at large jam jars 

Jars of pickled vegetables in the garden. Marinated food.

If you ask someone what size a typical jam jar is, they will immediately describe a 1lb jam jar. This is the size we all grew up with on the breakfast table and the size stipulated by the Women’s Institute for jams and pickles entered in its competitions. It is fair to say, however, that jam jars come in all shapes and sizes, from the very small to the really quite large. In today’s post, we take a look at some of the bigger jam jars we stock, and some of our large pickle jars.

Large jam jars for pickling

Whilst there is certainly nothing to stop you making some massive jars of jam, our bigger jars are more often used for pickles. Many of us make our own pickled onions each year; unless something goes spectacularly wrong, it is pretty much a guarantee that homemade pickled onions will taste a hundred times nicer than shop-bought onions. If you think homemade pickled onions taste great, give pickled eggs a try. Tasting nothing like the rubbery offerings sold in chip shops throughout the country, homemade pickled eggs are great for snacks, party food and picnics.

Once you have mastered pickled onions and eggs, it is time to venture into pickling vegetables. We have covered the technique in previous posts; today, we will offer some suggestions for what pickles particularly well. Cucumbers, carrots, green beans and cherry tomatoes will all work brilliantly and will look delicious in one of our large pickle jars.

Large jam jars for storage

Our large pickle jars and jam jars are not just great for pickling; in addition, they make great containers for decorative storage solutions and craft projects. Herbs grow well in big jam jars; however, you need to add plenty of horticultural grit at the bottom of the jar to prevent the roots standing in wet soil. Pickle jars also make brilliant candle holders – paint a design on the outside of the jar and then place a tealight inside. Position on the hearth for romantic lighting indoors, or take a few jars outside to light up the garden on summer evenings.

If you are keen on crafts, a few one-gallon jars and half-gallon jars will have your craft supplies sorted in no time. Whether embroidery threads and needles or watercolour pencils and inks, these jars can be a neat way to keep everything tidy.

Why not check out our range of large jars? They are great value and delivery is fixed at just £6.95, no matter how many jars you order.

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Fabulous food jars

Fabulous food jars 

Cucumber, quinoa, tomato, onion, carrot and mint salad in a jar on rustic wooden table

It is often the little things in life that make a big difference to how something turns out. Some colourful cake cases can make your cupcakes look extra special, for example, while a pretty vase will take a humble bunch of daffodils from the garden and turn them into a gorgeous floral display that oozes sunshine and sophistication. It is the same with home preserves – a standard jam jar will do the job required of it perfectly well; however, a premium jar will look and feel so much better, setting off your jams and chutneys perfectly. In today’s post, we take a look at the Deluxe and Bonta ranges of glass food jars to show just how versatile and elegant they are.

Our range of deluxe food jars

Jar for jar, our deluxe glass food jars do not cost a great deal more than our standard range; however, they have more style and sophistication. Their straight sides and heavyweight glass make them feel solid and reliable when held in your hand and you can tell that these jars will give many years of loyal service, alongside your trusty maslin pan.

Like our other jam jars, lids for the Deluxe range are generally available in a choice of seven colours: gold, silver, black, white, green, red gingham check and blue gingham check. Sizes range from 125ml jars up to 500ml in size. All lids are vinegar-proof, so you can use them for chutneys, pickled eggs or onions, or any other vinegar-based preserve in addition to jam. Whether you are an artisan producer or a keen amateur, these jars will stand you in good stead and display your preserves perfectly.

Bonta food jars

Looking quite similar in shape and style to our Deluxe range of jars, Bonta jars are also hugely popular, especially with cooks who want something of a vintage look. Again, these jars feature super-straight sides, but the Bonta jars have a slightly deeper, lower rim just below the lid. The jars range in size from the tiny 125ml jars, which are perfect for curds or even miniature cakes or puddings, to the chunky 435ml jars, which will set off a good old-fashioned jar of jam – such as strawberry or raspberry – to a tee. There are two 212ml-sized jars in slightly different shapes: one follows the regular shape of the Bonta jars, while the other is slightly shorter and features a deep screw lid.

Take a look at the Deluxe and Bonta ranges. If you are serious about preserves, these are the jars for you!

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Buying glass jars wholesale

Buying glass jars wholesale 

"Menton, France - February 25th, 2012: Various types of homemade jam for sale on a market stall"

Whether you are a large commercial enterprise making a huge range of jams, pickles and preserves or a small, artisan producer selling your homemade produce at farmers’ markets, local delis and independent food stores, a reliable source of wholesale glass jars is essential. With jams and preserves being seasonal in nature, the last thing you need is to be let down by your jam jar supplier at the last minute. This is why so many producers rely on Wares of Knutsford for all their preserving and pickling jars and bottles. In today’s post, we walk you through our wholesale terms and conditions and explain how our wholesale operation works.

Glass jars wholesale terms

All our glass jars and bottles are available on wholesale terms to approved trade customers and individuals. A minimum spend of £450 is required, excluding VAT and delivery.

Orders are delivered on pallets, and customers are free to order mixed pallets of different jars and bottles provided each item is ordered in a box quantity. Box quantities, which can be as little as six units, are necessary to ensure the safe and secure delivery of your order.

To receive a copy of our wholesale price list, all you need to do is get in touch with us by phone or email. Wholesale customers typically save around 30 per cent on our standard retail prices.

Glass jars wholesale delivery

Once you have sent in your order, we will supply a pro-forma invoice. We require full payment before orders are despatched and delivery will normally be within seven days once payment has been received.

Delivery is by courier and all orders are despatched on a securely-packed pallet. Delivery costs £60 per pallet. We have been despatching wholesale glass jars to customers for many years and we have perfected the art of packaging our goods securely and robustly to ensure they arrive at their destination in perfect condition.

If you need a large quantity of jars or bottles but are not ready to commit to a wholesale order, why not check out our bargain packs? We have put together some incredible deals on larger quantities of some of our most popular shapes and sizes of jars and bottles. These bargain packs typically contain 192 units of a specific jar or bottle and offer a simple way to save on larger orders without having to meet our minimum spend requirement for wholesale orders.

If you have any questions or you would like more information about wholesale ordering, please get in touch by phone or email.

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Jam jars in bulk

Jam jars in bulk 

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If you are a keen home preserves enthusiast, you will no doubt be familiar with the age-old issue of finding enough jars for your next preserving project. Whether your strawberries have all ripened on the same day and need to be picked immediately, your neighbour gives you a sack of apples out of the blue or you see a bargain bulk buy that you can’t resist, sooner or later you will find yourself in the predicament of not having enough suitable jars to complete a project.

Add to this the fact that you will need a constant supply of new jars if you like to give your jams, pickles and preserves as gifts to friends and family, as your jars will be given away and potentially never seen again. This is not to say that giving home preserves as a gift is not a fantastic idea, as it certainly is, but it does mean that you need to think ahead about how to source enough jars to satisfy all your preserving needs.

Bargain packs of jam jars

This is where we can help! We have carefully selected a range of our jars to offer in bulk packs at exceptional prices. Most of our bargain packs include a whopping 192 jars – enough to keep you busy for quite a while! If 192 glass jars sounds a lot, remember that a single preserving project, such as the annual strawberry jam making session, can use up at least a dozen jars. Add to this some jars for green tomato chutney, apple and blackberry jam, apple butter, marmalade and a few new preserves that take your fancy this season and suddenly a bulk pack sounds like a very sensible idea indeed.

If we have not yet convinced you about how much sense it makes to buy in bulk and you are still not sure whether you will use enough jars to make it worthwhile, why not ask around amongst your friends and neighbours to see whether anyone wants to join you and make a combined purchase? In this way, you both make great savings on the regular prices and get the quantity of glass jars you are happy with.

What jam jars are available in bulk?

We have included quite a varied range of glass jars in our bargain pack selection and there really is something for every project. From our 500ml deluxe jars down to mini jars for individual servings, you will find just the jar you need. The range also includes honey jars, chutney jars and shaped jars, so we really do have everything covered!

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Sweets in glass jars

Sweets in glass jars 

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If you grew up in the 70s or earlier, you probably have incredibly fond memories of the local sweet shop with its seemingly endless array of jars to tempt you into spending your pocket money. Magically, there seemed to be a sweet shop next to every primary school and there would be a queue, or sometimes a scrum, in the shop each morning and again at home time. Whether you had a soft spot for cola cubes or midget gems, or sherbet dip dabs and flying saucers were more your thing, the sweet shop was a much-loved institution in every neighbourhood.

In today’s post, we take a look at our range of glass jars and offer some inspiration for recreating the old-fashioned sweet shop look in your own kitchen. We also give some suggestions for other uses for these jars.

Which glass jars to choose?

Candy jar full of colored candy

Whilst we do not recommend that you fill your kitchen shelves with as many jars of sweets as the sweetshop, one glass jar or two could certainly be squeezed in. The 4430ml slimline plastic PET jar is the type we all remember from our childhood, making it perfect for a touch of nostalgia. Provided you are disciplined, you might find that you can make some cost savings by buying sweets in bulk and storing them rather than buying lots of smaller individual packs. Just make sure you keep the jar on a high shelf, out of reach of little fingers!

Another popular choice is our spherical sweet jars, which are available in a range of sizes. This type of glass jar has two flat sections, meaning that it can be balanced on its side with the lid facing outwards for easy pickings! The internet can offer all sorts of tempting recipes for boiled sweets and homemade candy, so why not make your own and fill one of these jars with your unique brand of sweets?

More unusual glass jars for sweets

Sweets might be the logical choice for what to put in our sweet jars, but they are also handy for all sorts of other things. The 3,200ml spherical plastic jar makes a great biscuit barrel or cookie jar, for example, and looks fabulous on the kitchen counter filled with home-baked cookies and sweet treats. Our plastic PET jars all make great storage containers, as their clear sides mean you can always see exactly what is in them.

Whether you need to organise your pantry or your DIY workshop, these jars will have you decluttered and tidy in no time at all.

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Fabulous food jars

Fabulous food jars 

Salad with cabbage and beets. Home canning

We might be biased, but we think there is nothing more lovely than the sight of a well-stocked pantry with shelves stacked with homemade produce. From jams and marmalade to chutneys, pickles and preserves, seeing jars packed full of delicious goodness is both comforting and tantalising. If you fancy building up your own store of homemade preserves, you are in luck, as today we are discussing our deluxe glass food jars and how to use them to stock your larder with some key essentials from the preserving world.

Food jars in all sizes

Our straight-sided deluxe glass food jars come in a range of sizes, from the smallest at 110ml to the substantial 500ml jar, with several sizes in between. All jars in this range feature the same clean and simple design and all are available with a choice of lid colours. If you plan to build a larder or pantry, and you want the best visual effect, stick to the same type of jar and use different sizes to suit different contents.

Filling your food jars 

Preserved vegetables in the jars

If you want to achieve a well-stocked pantry, it is essential to build up a wide variety of core items that you know your family will love to eat. Whilst you might adore strawberry jam, making an enormous batch of 36 jars of the stuff for your own consumption is not necessarily the best idea; instead, plan to build up a range of jams and other spreads, perhaps making a few jars of strawberry, apple and blackberry, plum and apricot jam and supplementing these with lemon curd, marmalade, and some more unusual items such as hedgerow jelly and nettle jam.

Expand your larder, and your repertoire, with some savoury preserves. Again, too much green tomato chutney is unlikely to make you popular; instead, mix it up with other savoury preserves such as piccalilli, pesto, homemade ketchup, chilli jam, beetroot jam and lime pickle. Savoury preserves can add a whole new pizzazz to mealtimes, spicing up lunches such as ploughman’s and turning a simple ham sandwich into a foodie sensation.

With the veg growing season just around the corner, it makes sense to plan ahead – not only what to plant but also what you intend to do with all your homegrown food. Writing down a list of all the vegetables you and your family love is a good start, followed by a list of all your favourite jams, pickles and preserves. In this way, you can concentrate on the vegetables you know will be appreciated and you will have all the raw ingredients for that amazing larder full of produce.

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Jam Jars Galore

Jam Jars Galore

assortment fruit jam

Home preserving is one of the most satisfying and rewarding hobbies you can take up, with the potential to make delicious and appealing items all year round. Whether you prefer making sweet jams and jellies or savoury pickles, chutneys and relishes, there is a lot of fun and enjoyment to be had with a batch of glass jars and a maslin pan. Today, we take a look at some of our shaped jam jars and offer suggestions on the perfect pickle or preserve with which to fill them.

Shaped jam jars add the perfect finishing touch

Our range of glass jars is extensive and we quite literally have jars in all conceivable shapes and sizes. You might initially think that a jam jar is a jam jar and that it does not really matter which jar you choose for your preserving project; however, nothing could be further from the truth. Your choice of jar will definitely have an impact on the result; for example, honey works beautifully in hexagonal glass jars, whilst red onion marmalade looks fabulous in a clip top jar – either a round Le Parfait jar or perhaps one of the faceted clip top jars from Kilner. Lemon curd suits a smaller jar, as it does not keep for long; therefore, one of our smaller globe jars would be perfect for this. As you can see, it pays to think through in advance what kind of jar will best suit your project to ensure you have a jar that is the right size for the project and one that also enhances its visual appeal.

Alternative fillings for jam jars

We can’t make jam every day, of course; otherwise, we might find we eventually have a little too much of the stuff! Luckily, there are plenty of other ways to use our jars to bring a little splash of cheerfulness to the kitchen table. Our gourmet jars are great for ‘cake in a jar’ recipes, whereby you quite literally make an individual cake in a jar. Layered cakes work brilliantly in jars, such as cheesecake, lemon cake with cream, or no-bake key lime pie.

Another easy but cheerful idea for filling these glass jars is to make individual breakfast treats in them. Fill our globe jars with layers of creme fraiche; fresh fruits, such as blueberries, bananas or strawberries; and rolled oats. If you like nuts, add a few almond flakes or chopped nuts. Chill these in the fridge overnight and you will have an awesome breakfast treat waiting for you in the morning.

 

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Using Deluxe Glass Jam Jars

Using Deluxe Glass Jam Jars 

Jars of pickled vegetables in the garden. Marinated food.

We’ve talked in previous posts about how the choice of jar that you make for your home preserving projects can have quite a big impact on the overall effect of the finished product. After all, a batch of jam from a fancy recipe will never look fabulous if it’s poured into a mismatched assortment of old jars in random sizes, with tired looking lids. That same jam, presented beautifully in a set of smart, new jars with shiny lids will look so much more professional and appetising, and suitable to give as a gift to friends and family. In today’s post, we look at our range of deluxe jars and suggest ways in which you can use quality food jars to their best advantage.

Choosing the Right Food Jars

Our deluxe jars come in a range of sizes, including 110ml, 125ml, 190ml, 300ml and 500ml. All the jars in the deluxe range feature straight-sided, heavyweight glass, for a quality feel. The two smaller jars are perfect for smaller servings of things like lemon curd, honey, chilli jams or mustards. Some customers also buy these sizes of jars to store homemade baby food in, which we think is a great idea!

The larger sizes of jar suit all sorts of home preserves, and especially more contemporary recipes such as strawberry and vanilla jam, chocolate and raspberry jam, or fennel and citrus pickle.

Labelling Your Food Jars

Whilst your choice of what jam jars to use says a lot about how professional you want the end product to look, it’s just as important to get the jar labelling right. Rather than simply sticking on a plain white printer label and hand writing what flavour the pickle or preserve is, why not check out our range of jam jar labels and tags, to find a label that perfectly matches the look that you’re aiming for?

From labels featuring gorgeous fruits to bright and contemporary Union Jack designs, we have jam jar labels to suit all styles and tastes. Our jam jar stencil kit is a firm favourite, and suits these quality food jars perfectly. The clean lines and chunky glass of the jars match the modern and robust typeface used for the stencils, and the finished stencil effect is as modern as it gets.

Whether you are an artisan producer selling your preserves commercially, or you’re simply an enthusiastic amateur who wants your produce to look its very best, our deluxe jam jars should help you along the way. With a cracking recipe and quality ingredients, these jars will help you steal the show!

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